Look Around: The Costs of Not Acting on Climate Are Adding Up Fast

From major hurricanes and flooding to droughts and fires, the refusal to accept the science of global warming is getting very expensive. — by Common Dreams staff As Houston begins a recovery from Hurricane Harvey that is likely to last several years and cost many billions of dollars, the threat of extreme weather events around the …

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‘Sheer Reckless Folly’: Trump Destroys Obama-Era Climate Rules

“Aside from provoking a large-scale nuclear war, it is hard to imagine an American president taking an action more harmful to the U.S. than Trump’s effort to accelerate greenhouse gas emissions” — by Nika Knight, staff writer at CommonDreams President Donald Trump on Tuesday set about aggressively dismantling Obama-era climate policies with an executive order …

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Dear So-Called President Trump: Where’s My Protest Paycheck?

— by Peter Dreier Dear So-Called President Trump: I was among the roughly five million Americans who took to the streets in cities across the country a few weeks ago in opposition to your outrageous policies regarding women, Muslims, school children, immigrants, workers, the environment, and people who need health care. (That’s me in the …

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Congress’s Repeal of Obama Methane Rule Will Cost Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions

Repealing the methane rule will waste $330 million in taxpayer-owned natural gas and cost “all of us” in terms of direct payments to the public, increase in greenhouse gases, climate and air quality. The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to pass a resolution to undo a measure that would cut air pollution, prevent the waste …

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#Rexxon ‘not aware’ of the existence of fossil fuel subsidies

But independent analysis suggests that Exxon gets as much as $1 billion in oil and gas subsidies. During former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State on Wednesday, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) wanted to know how, if confirmed, the former oil executive would work to fulfill a 2009 G20 pledge to phase …

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Recology Jungo Dump Conditional Use Permit “Expired” on Dec. 7th

— by Steven Dick and Tracy Austin We’re delighted to announce that the conditional use permit (CUP) extension Recology fought so hard for, and even took the county to court over (and won), expired on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, after 5 long frustrating years. The Jungo dump is no more. To be honest about it, this is not a great …

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Study: Protected Forests on Public Land Burn Less Severely Than Logged Areas

A new study published in the scientific journal Ecosphere finds that public forests that are protected from logging burn less severely than logged forests. The study is the most comprehensive investigation of its kind, spanning more than 23 million acres and examining three decades’ of forest fire data in the West. Among the major findings …

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Time to Deal with Climate Change is Right Now

— By Chip Evans, Candidate for U.S. Representative to Congress representing NV-CD2 The time is now for climate change deniers to follow or get out of the way. As a state, Nevada must fully embrace the ongoing national movement towards clean, sustainable, renewable energy and start a rapid transition away from fossil fuel energy to a …

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Melting Permafrost Releases Deadly, Long-Dormant Anthrax in Siberia

“This week’s anthrax outbreak signals that global warming is transforming Siberia’s lonely wilderness into a feverish nightmarescape” — by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer A Russian heatwave has activated long-dormant anthrax bacteria in Siberia, sickening at least 13 people and killing one boy and more than 2,300 reindeer. According to the Siberian Times on Monday: A total …

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Remember the Keystone XL pipeline? We’re ALL being sued!

It would have brought a million barrels of toxic tar-sands sludge oil across the length of our nation, through wetlands and communities. President Obama wisely rejected it. Only now you and other American taxpayers may have to pay for that common-sense decision. TransCanada is demanding that American taxpayers pay them $15 billion in compensation. They’re …

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